SUNDAY FAITH BLOG

Baysider and I’ve been studying 1 John at Bible Study……….we were directed to James during last week’s study, about how important it was to put actions to loving words….

I heard this Benjamin Franklin quote on TV yesterday and felt it relevant:

“Well done is better than well said.”

I thought it was a good encouragement for all of us to DO THINGS FOR OTHERS….people we know, people we don’t know but whose stories have touched us, family, neighbors, etc.  This post today is just a little prompting to DO GOOD THINGS…HELP OTHERS…….

It’s a great thing to do, anyway, but it sure does make for an excellent illustration of our FAITH:

 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.   1 John 3

Have a blessed Sunday……Give someone a hand!  or a ham!  or a lift!  Or a mowed lawn!!  or something!   🙂  z

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14 Responses to SUNDAY FAITH BLOG

  1. bocopro says:

    Yeah, I agree . . . whenever Milady subcontracts me out to do somethin for one of her biddy buddies, I always feel better for having done it – such as changin a flat on somebody’s car, replacing a dead battery, helping a recent widow sort out her husband’s policies and investments, collecting stuff her friends are throwing out and giving the useful bits to some Nicaraguan and Honduran immigrants trying desperately to survive in this strange land.

    What I will NOT do, tho, is change that flat or battery for a guy who’s just too damned lazy to do it himself, or help a woman re-arrange the furniture in her house when she has 3 grown children who are “too busy,” or prune trees and bushes and clean gutters for a woman with a comfortable retirement income, social security, and an inheritance of nearly a million bucks who spends her weekends at a casino in Biloxi. One time I carried the daughter of a friend who was deployed to the North Atlantic into an emergency room from her house when she broke her leg. Old white man carrying a black teenager into the place got a lotta stares.

    This female who’s been followin me around since the early 60s is a compulsive feeder. And a really good cook. She’ll decide on pork chops for herself and our daughter for dinner . . . greatest pork chops I’ve ever eaten, they are . . . and instead of just one each for them (I no longer eat ‘em since the elephant came to sit on my chest), she’ll cook half a dozen, then give two to a friend of hers, one to another friend, and the last one to the old lady next door.

    When she makes fried rice, she winds up with enough to feed the entire Israeli Defense Force, then puts it into fast-food containers she’s collected and has one of our grandsons drive all over the county givin the stuff to her pals. She DOES make a really good fried rice.

    When the WuHuFlu plannedemic began, Milady decided not to go to mass and do her own service with the priest on TV. Her pastor noticed she wasn’t coming for communion and offered to drive by the house to do an abbreviated service. She cooks up special dishes to give him and his wife, such as turon, pansit, adobo, and sinigang, since the guy won’t accept money for his gas (he goes to about 30 parishioners’ houses each Sunday mornin). Filipinos are like that . . . some of ‘em, anyway.

    She’ll go to Krispy Kreme to get a coupla donuts and come home with two boxes of 18 each, give one box to our son for his family and distribute the rest to her buddies. She’s definitely a giver, and she likes to do it anonymously. When we have surplus items or are replacing things such as bedsheets, pillow cases, towels, blankets . . . we box ‘em up and I set ‘em by the side door of a small church in a rundown neighborhood, knowing that the preacher will make sure it gets to the ones who need it the most.

    Given the chance, I think she’d feed every homeless person on the Gulf Coast. She’s a compulsive giver and a food pusher. Part of her charm, I reckon. Just hasta share.

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  2. Mustang says:

    I think our greatest gift to others is our humanity. Why? Because humanity was God’s gift to us … we simply must pass it along.

    I recall a story from when I lived in Japan. A stranger came to the aid of another. When the good deed was done, the fellow asked of his benefactor, “What can I do to repay your kindness?” The man answered, “Perform a kindness for three others and your debt to me will be repaid, but in payment for your services, instruct them to perform a kindness for three others.”

    If every kindness was repaid in this way, how long would it be before the world was a much better place?

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  3. geeez2014 says:

    MUSTANG: Not long at all! I love that!! have you ever been in a drive-thru burger place, come to the place you pick up and pay, and they tell you ‘that car just ahead of you paid for you!’….It’s happened twice to me…one in a parking lot ….feels SO WONDERFUL that a stranger would do that, that stranger’s heart touches me so much!!

    AND YES!!!!!! The verse is “We love because HE first loved us!”….such good stuff!! Thanks for this input…wonderful.

    BOCOPRO: I think we should ALl show up at your place for fried rice!! 😉 M’Lady sounds like just the person we all should be like…

    When you say things like this ..”This female who’s been following me around since the early 60s is a compulsive feeder. “…it shows me just HOW VERY VERY MUCH YOU LOVE HER and it touches me SO SO deeply! I LOVE that!!!

    This has nothing to do with it but it reminds me of something you might find nice:

    When I sent our wedding invitations, there was an RSVP card and you are to fill in your name, say how many are coming, or not, and send it back! I sent one to Mr. Z as a kind of ‘joke’….

    He sent it back with this written on it….

    He’d checked “..’with regrets”…and wrote “Busy…Have dinner with my lovely fiancee”!!!

    I have it in a little frame next to his picture………since 1990.
    We are lucky to have spouses like ours………….Cherish yours for me 🙂

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  4. bocopro says:

    All cultures have their neat little proverbs and homilies and such. The Japanese seem particularly good at distilling exempla and other life lessons into compact three-isms that are easy to remember.

    Couple of my favorites:

    First the man takes a drink.
    Next the drink takes a drink.
    Then the drink takes the man.

    Tell me a thing and I’ll forget it before I leave the room.
    Show me a thing and I’ll comprehend the idea.
    Make me do a thing and I’ll learn it.

    And now, another of my favorite threems:

    A cinnamon roll
    A hot fresh cuppa
    And a mid-morning nap

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  5. geeez2014 says:

    BOCOPRO….that’s true.

    One COULD say what my post is about is a ‘neat little proverb or homily or such’…no doubt about it.

    I’ve never heard of these 3-isms but that one about forgetting before I leave the room rings familiar to ME 🙂

    enjoy your brunch!! and nap!!

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  6. geeez2014 says:

    Isn’t it wonderful for Bill Clinton …. he left the hospital today WALKING, which is never allowed due to legalities…people always leave in wheelchairs…

    And even more lucky that, during this time of covid when people have died without having seen their relatives, he was allowed “Many friends” to visit him in ICU!

    WOW…it pays, doesn’t it?!!!! 🙂

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  7. MAL says:

    Z, Benjamin Franklin’s quote “Well done is better than well said” reminds me of a similar quote:
    ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.
    Bocopro, your lady sounds like a keeper, and I know you appreciate having found her. Mine is the same way. She can’t do enough for others. We’re both lucky.

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  8. MAL says:

    On another note, rumor has it there will be another virus called Maberg Syndrome, or something like that, that could come from the 3rd “follow up shot” being given. Not us. We’ve both had it.
    Enough is enough, already!

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  9. MAL says:

    That’s suppose to read MARBERG syndrome.

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  10. MAL says:

    I just checked and its spelled Marburg, and it is a Ebola virus.
    I was told about another site called VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Recording System) that gives accurate info about the virus. The medical profession apparently all use it for their studies.
    (Both of these were given to me by our DDS.son last night who uses VAERS).

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  11. Baysider says:

    BP’s lady IS a keeper! So many people quietly doing this. Remember Ronald Reagan’s mother? Same!
    Mustang + 1.
    I already have my ‘deed’ in line for today. Thanks for a reminder to us all. If we are not the salt of the earth, who is?

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  12. geeez2014 says:

    I had lunch today about 10′ from Kamala Harris and her husband, who have a house nearby.
    about 8 secret service were there…two of whom sat next to me and my two friends.

    Picture tomorrow…………as awful as she is, I can’t say it wasn’t exciting to be near the VP of the USA, even if she is a total waste………I’m glad I’m not TOO cool to have missed a kind of excitement!!!

    The very oddest thing is I’d never have noticed them, I don’t think, except she and he, particularly HE, kept looking over at me to the point I had to ask my friend “Am I talking too loud?” “NO”, she said! So I don’t know…maybe I reminded them of someone. Probably Sophia Loren. (Smile!!!!)

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  13. Baysider says:

    Yes, I remember the day I was close to LBJ. There’s a certain kind of ”thrill.’ Of course I thought he was sober and a good choice – when I was 11! YOU are not a background violet, my dear. And your voice wafts over. (That would be waft, not boom.) I think it’s the Sophia Loren effect myself. 🙂

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  14. geeez2014 says:

    BAYSIDER….I was relieved that my friend right in front of me said I was not speaking any louder than anyone else. Yes, it was the Loren Effect 🙂
    You’re right, there is a sort of ‘thrill’…. shock might be the right word today….!! Just so unexpected..

    I have now been in the presence of Bill Clinton twice, Pope John Paul 3 times, my family was very close to Deukmejian, and tons of actors and actresses….

    It’s no big deal, but it IS kind of fun.

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